As a service to the atrocity prevention community, GAAMAC posts news directly relevant to atrocity prevention. The opinions expressed in the news articles do not represent the views of GAAMAC, its Steering Group or any partner organization.

National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes

15 Jun 2018

Samantha Capicotto and Rob Scharf of the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation have carried an assessment of National Mechanisms for the Prevention of Genocide and other Atrocity Crimes.

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Relative Risks of Mass Killing Onset in 2018: Results from a Wiki Survey

12 Jun 2018

The Early Warning Project ran a wiki survey in December to poll opinions on countries' relative risks of mass killing onsets. Find the results here.

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Transitional Justice in Countries Emerging from Conflict: A Step Toward Sustainable Peace and Development

7 Jun 2018

The International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) looks at the role transitional justice processes can play in the SDGs and prevention.

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GAAMAC partner Youth Association for Development shortlisted for 2018 N-Peace grant

6 Jun 2018

One of GAAMAC's partners, Youth Association for Development (YAD), has been shortlisted for a N-Peace grant in the category Youth led Initiatives on Women, Peace and Security – young women and men building peace.

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Outcome Document on the Implementation of the Plan of Action for religious leaders and actors

4 Jun 2018

From 13 to 15 February 2018, a diverse range of actors convened in Vienna to decide on next steps in the implementation of the Plan of Action for religious leaders and actors to prevent incitement to violence that could lead to atrocity crimes.

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Understanding mass atrocities

4 Jun 2018

Associate Professor and GAAMAC III participant Ernesto Verdeja has compiled a brief overview of the conditions that may lead to atrocities.

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GAAMAC III in the news

31 May 2018

Read the article on GAAMAC III by Xinhua News Agency.

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Interview with former UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) Dr. Ivan Šimonović

2 May 2018

What is the main challenge today to effectively implement atrocity prevention both at the national and international level?

Governments are still hesitant to openly discuss their atrocity prevention gaps internally and internationally. That negatively reflects on mobilization of energy and financial resources for that purpose. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for example is an ideal setting for such a dialogue. Atrocity crimes prevention recommendations should be backed up by international willingness to support their implementation, including financially. The UPR should be put to much better use for atrocity crimes prevention.

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Building Resilience to Genocide

27 Apr 2018

In a policy brief for the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, Dr. Deborah Mayersen outlines practical, evidence-based recommendations to build resilience to genocide in at-risk countries.

The brief highlights the importance of focusing on the local: prioritizing local perspectives in identifying and finding solutions to risk factors; paying attention and avoiding escalation in high-risk areas; and ensuring robust and sustained international and regional reactions to local escalations.

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Atrocity Prevention and Peacebuilding: Key insights and lessons from a global consultation convened by Peace Direct

9 Apr 2018

Peace Direct published a new report on the role of local peacebuilders in atrocity prevention, an issue that has not gained much attention so far. The report is the outcome of a four-day online consultation process involving 93 participants, which took place at the end of 2017.


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Making Atrocity Prevention Effective

28 Mar 2018

On 26 March 2018, the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and the Stanley Foundation held a half-day event on Making Atrocity Prevention Effective, together with the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

Experts in the field of atrocity prevention,...

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GAAMAC III Briefing in Kampala, Uganda on 15 March 2018

21 Mar 2018

“History has demonstrated that no state is immune from atrocity crimes”, Ms. Mô Bleeker during the GAAMAC III Briefing in Kampala

GAAMAC held a Briefing, organized by the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda and the Uganda Media Centre, on...

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A gathering storm: on engaging with human rights laws

6 Mar 2018

Priya Pillai, a Manila-based consultant with expertise in international law and a participant of GAAMAC II, wrote an article for The Hindu on the serious erosion of international human rights law in recent times, arguing that “it is not just the erosion of human rights but the normalization of...

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UN Joint Study on the Contribution of Transitional Justice to the Prevention of Atrocity Crimes

1 Mar 2018

In September 2016, the UN Human Rights Council requested the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence and the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide to prepare a joint study on the contribution of...

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In laws, rhetoric and acts of violence, Europe is rewriting dark chapters of its past

22 Feb 2018

According to Gregory Stanton’s famous ten stages of genocide, denial is the final stage. The same can be said for other mass atrocities (crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing), where to prevent their recurrence, they must first be remembered and acknowledged...

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Conflict and Gender Study - South Sudan: Addressing Root Causes Programme

19 Feb 2018

Civil war in South Sudan since 2013 has continuously put its population at risk of mass atrocity crimes. To disrupt the ongoing cycles of violence, root causes must be addressed, which a new programme by the NGO Consortium consisting of the Agency for Co-operation and Research in Development...

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Justice for Syrian Victims Beyond Trials: The Need for New, Innovative Uses for Documentation of Human Rights Violations in Syria

16 Feb 2018

Syria is said to be the most documented conflict in history. Dozens of institutions and organizations both inside and outside of Syria have been collecting evidence of systematic breaches of international human rights and humanitarian law since the beginning of the conflict. Originally, the...

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Does Feminist-Movement Building Reduce Violence Against Women? Good Practice Case Study: Women's Situation Room, Nigeria

8 Feb 2018

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) carried out a Good Practice Case Study on the Women's Situation Room initiative, set up during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Women's Situation Rooms had previously been implemented in Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and...

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Female Genital Mutilation: The case for calling it torture and a crime against humanity

6 Feb 2018

In this article, Ms. Antonia Mulvey, Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide makes the case that Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting (FGM/C) can amount to torture and under some circumstances could constitute a crime against humanity. She argues that FGM/C is widespread in many countries...

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